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What is the cheapest way I can set up a surveillance camera inside my house that I can hook up to my VCR?

May 17, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Surveillance Camera

I am wanting to put a surveillance camera inside my house for 8 + hours and I want to connect it to my VCR. I don’t have a lot of money to buy a whole lot of equipment. What kind of equipment do I need? And that records sound.
Do I get a web cam and how long will it record?

If you get a web cam, the amount of video it can capture is limited by the amount of hard drive space on your computer. Since we do not know what that is, there is no way for us to tell you how much record time is available. If you go this route, we need to know the TOTAL space of the drive and the available space. What needs to be calculated is the amount of available space that you must ALWAYS have on the computer – at least 15% or the total. If available space goes below 15% you are risking a system crash. Also, USB cables cannot be very long – so a consideration when locating that camera.

If you have a regular VHS VCR, then you could use that… analog security cams can be inexpensive and will do fine in decent lighting – but under low/no light will not do too well. Analog cams with infrared emitters for night vision can be around $50, but their video quality is not so good…

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  1. Little Dog says:

    If you get a web cam, the amount of video it can capture is limited by the amount of hard drive space on your computer. Since we do not know what that is, there is no way for us to tell you how much record time is available. If you go this route, we need to know the TOTAL space of the drive and the available space. What needs to be calculated is the amount of available space that you must ALWAYS have on the computer – at least 15% or the total. If available space goes below 15% you are risking a system crash. Also, USB cables cannot be very long – so a consideration when locating that camera.

    If you have a regular VHS VCR, then you could use that… analog security cams can be inexpensive and will do fine in decent lighting – but under low/no light will not do too well. Analog cams with infrared emitters for night vision can be around $50, but their video quality is not so good…

    Check Fry’s Electronics… Electronic Components: Security: Closed Circuit Television: and wired or wireless cameras. I use the outdoor rated cams that are around $150 each.
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